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Ridesharing is popular alternative in daily life of Valley residents

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are becoming more popular in the Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are becoming more popular in the Valley.

To order an Uber or Lyft is easy. You just pick up your phone, download the app, open it up and put in the address of where you want to go. Your ride will be there in minutes.

Ra'Cole Taltoan lives in Youngstown. Her car broke down a couple months ago, and she doesn't want to buy another one. If this happened a few years ago, she would have had a tough time getting around.

“I’m using Lyft a lot right now. Thank God Uber and Lyft are out there so that we can at least take them to work,” Taltoan said.

Taltoan says that's exactly what she uses it for. She’ll use the rideshare service to get to work and then take the bus home. Uber and Lyft Driver Leslie Young says riding the bus home is a luxury for late night workers.

“There are a lot of people that go to work at 11 at night until 7 in the morning and the buses stop running,” Young said. “To me, it’s beautiful you get to take them to their job.”

Taltoan says using Uber and Lyft is faster than public transportation and can be cheaper than a taxi.  

“If you take a bus from here to another side of town, you’re looking at least 15 to 20 minutes,” Taltoan said. “I’ve taken a cab from Youngstown to Boardman and it was almost $25. I’ve taken a Lyft and it was maybe $14 or $15.”

At first, Taltoan didn't feel safe with her son using Uber or Lyft but that’s changed. She has him take a picture of the driver and saves all the vehicle information.

“If he doesn’t show up, I have a picture of the person and the driver’s license of who he is supposed to be with,” Taltoan said.

The ridesharing services offer a low-cost alternative to public transportation and have become a growing employment opportunity across the Valley.

Both Uber and Lyft have apps in Google Play and the App store.

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